Eligible legalized aliens unable to afford follow-up treatment for health problems discovered as part of a previously required physical examination will be getting a little help in Utah County.
A $32,000 contract between the state Division of Community Health Services and the Utah County Health Department will mean increased health services for the aliens, Health Department Director Joseph Miner told the County Commission Wednesday. Commissioners, who gave preliminary approval to the contract, are expected to grant final approval next week."Most of them (legalized aliens) probably won't be able to pay" for subsequent health care, Miner said. The state money will reimburse the local health department for services it already has been providing to legalized aliens and will allow the department to expand those services.
Miner said the funding also will help offset administrative costs, but no new employees will hired to provide those services.
"It's a lot of money," he said. "At least it's there in case we need it."
The state is providing the funding in support of the State Legalization Impact Assistance Act. Health officials said newly legalized aliens often have strained service agencies trying to accommodate them.
Eligible legalized aliens, when applying for a permit to remain and work in the United States, are required to have medical examinations and receive follow-up treatment for diseases discovered during those examinations.
Services being provided include alcohol and drug education; cancer screening and referral; communicable disease control; family planning; immunizations; cardiovascular disease screening, education and referral; dental health screening, education and referral; AIDS screening, education and counseling; prenatal care; tuberculosis screening and follow-up; home visits; tobacco education; and suicide education.